Earlier this week Joseph Parker's promoter David Higgins claimed that Eddie Hearn had called him to offer a bleak 20 per cent to Parker to fight British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Yet Hearn claims that he has had "man flu" this week and has not had a conversation with Higgins at all - although Higgins has text him about the fight.
"I think Eddie is offering 20 percent to kill the fight because he's worried his golden goose might get beaten," Higgins said.
"I think he's offering that on purpose so he can go in another direction. He knows that we won't take 20 percent. It's an insult.
"I'll pay Joshua respect. He deserves a bit more as it's his home country but we've come from the bottom of the world and earned a genuine world title.
"We'll unify tomorrow, we just want a fair go but 20 percent is an insult just because we're from New Zealand, a small country. Eddie, Mr. 20 percent, is going to kill a unification with his 20 percent.
"It's a very big fight. You've got two unbeaten hungry heavyweights who have both earned their titles unifying. We want to unify.
"Give us a fair deal and you're on, Joshua and Hearn. Stop playing games. We are ready to fight. Make a fair offer and we're on."
Hearn: Higgins has text me
Hearn said in an recent interview with iFL TV that Higgins did privately message him and wants to start negotiations immediately.
Hearn said: "He text me the other day, about four or five days ago, and said, 'Publicity aside, if you're serious about the fight, let's talk.'"
Check out Hearn's discussion about a potential Joshua-Parker fight below.
It is definitely Hearn and Joshua's priority to unify the heavyweight division, and so fighting Parker would be a great start.
Hearn also said that he wants AJ to fight three times next year, all of which could be against big names. These could include the likes of Deontay Wilder, who currently holds the WBC heavyweight title.
Further down the line, the last fight of the year could see Joshua taking on Fury in an all-British heavyweight fight, which is what so many fans have been calling for.
For now fans will have to wait for an update, but Hearn knows there will be many offers on the table for AJ. Just who will he fight next?
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